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What the Bible says about bad company

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  1. What the Bible says about bad company.

    The Bible says that "Bad company corrupts good character" (1 Cor 15:33). What this means is that if we spend a lot of time with people who do not please Jesus, evil spirits and other negative influences can move from others to you.

    This is why the Bible also says that we should "abstain from every form of evil" (1 Thess 5:22) and also that "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm" (Prov 13:20)

    So when people are speaking bad language, gossiping, making rude jokes or engaging in any other sin, Christians should move away from such people. You can excuse yourself to the bathroom or go and get some water.

    Sometimes though, this can happen during a class or in a meeting (where you can't leave the room). What we should do then is, as soon as we can, we should pray and cast all these things out from us.

    If you find that you can't leave because your heart or mind want you to stay amongst such people, then you need to command them to obey Jesus.

    You can pray:

    "In Jesus Name I command my heart and mind to reject every form of evil and to cling to Jesus Christ alone. I cut every soul tie with other people or the world and I command every evil spirit of (mention the sin - example: gossip and backstabbing) to go from me and not to return in Jesus Name. I receive the spirit of humility and obedience to Jesus. Lord I want to please You alone and I want to humble myself to Your Word. I command my heart and mind to meditate on spiritual things that please Christ".
  2. #2 MsAmby, Aug 8, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2012
    I thank you for posting this. I really need to apply this to my life right now.
    I am in a big dilemma in my life and it is hard for me to make a decision of what to do.
    I know what I should do, it's just hard to BEGIN with it.
  3. Praise Jesus!

    Dear MsAmby,

    It's only JESUS who made me post it.

    I know how you feel. I too have been there.

    When you say that you're in a big dilemma and it's hard for you to make a decision even though you know what you're suppose to do, I know how you feel as I too have been there. I know the feeling of wanting to the right but being clouded with thoughts & confusion.

    Before knowing JESUS the way I ought too, I came from a broken family. My father left and I didn't have good relationship with my mom so all I thought I had was my friends. I used to be popular in high school therefore I had a lot of friends. I used to spend a lot of time with my friends doing things that I'm not suppose too. I'm not blaming them as my heart and flesh wanted those things too. I thought that they loved me and would do anything for me in return as well.

    I trusted them not understanding that they too are just mere humans. I used to lie about my whereabouts to my mom so that I can be with my friends. I used be very rebellious against my mom just to be able do what my friends do. I was known as the 'black sheep' in the family. I got myself into some bad relationships. I wanted to have a boyfriend just like my friends had. I even decided that after my high school I wanted to leave my house and stay with my friends. Deep in my heart, I know it's wrong but I just couldn't let them go.

    I came to CHRIST when I was 16, one of the first counsels I received from my Pastor then was about my friends that they are a bad company to me and he also showed me scriptures (1 Cor 15:33 - bad company corrupts good character & James 4:4 - Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God) and told me why. I wanted to obey the counsel given but it was just so heart breaking and difficult. He also told me that I will know truly who they really are when I do the right things in Christ.

    When I started my walk with CHRIST, my friends started hating me. The same people who I thought loved me and would never do anything to hurt were the ones who were calling me names and my heart was crushed. I couldn't believe it. In those moments, I would call on the Blood of Jesus and cut my soul ties with them just as I was taught. How do I cut my soul tie? Pray this prayer:

    "Almighty GOD in the Name of JESUS CHRIST, I cut every soul tie between myself and (say the other person's name). I take authority and bind every spirit of sadness, depression and anguish. I break your power and command you to get out of me and not to return in JESUS Name. I receive the spirit of humility, peace and joy in the Name of JESUS CHRIST. I cast every care to JESUS CHRIST because He cares for me and I command my heart and my mind to think of JESUS".

    I did this not only for my friends but also for the relationship I was in. It was tough but only by the mercy of JESUS, I endured. That's exactly what you have to do, endure and trust your GOD. As long as you want to do the right thing in HIM, HE will guide you and hold your heart just like HE did for me. When you're caught in a situation that is not pleasing to Christ, excuse yourself (1 Thess 5:22 - abstain from every form of evil) from there and start calling on the Blood of Jesus audibly (Revelation 12:11 - And they overcame him(Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death), repeatedly, until you no longer feel tempted.

    We must understand that the fight is not with flesh and blood but in the spirit (Ephesians 6:12). We are made of 3 parts; spirit, soul and body. Our heart and mind is in our soul, which is part of the spirit realm. Therefore it takes a spiritual battle to come out of it.

    When you find it hard to start, this is what I do, call on the Blood of Jesus. Cut your soul ties with all worldly things and people and tie your soul to Jesus, the husband of your soul (2 Corinthians 11:2 - For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ). Always remember you're not alone, Jesus is there and HE truly loves you.

    GOD has only good plans for you. If you don't mind, can I please have your email address, would like to share a song and a prayer with you.

    GOD bless & Peace of CHRIST.

    Servant of Christ,
  4. Hi MsAmby,

    I have dropped you an email. Please let me know if you have received it. Thanks!
  5. ^^Yes, I have received it. I had to register again because I can't log back into my account.

    I have read this verse here,

    2 Corinthians 6:17-
    Therefore come out from among them,
    and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
    And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    I want to be His daughter!
  6. I have a bit of a hard time subscribing to what you are saying here. Perhaps though I am misunderstanding you.

    Firstly, I think there is this horrible idea floating around in "Christian land" that we can catch sin from nonbelievers like its an infection or a virus or something. And you've kind of hinted at that with your first sentence.

    While I do not believe such people should be your best friends, I do believe we as Christians are called to hang out with these types of people as opposed to keeping away from them. Perhaps you might think of it this way..... when we are mature and strong in Christ, nothing can separate us from the love of God... thus, their "evilness" won't rub off on us, instead Christ's love will rub off on them. Christ's love will work in them through us. Notice I stated mature and strong believers. The young believer might very well be negatively influenced by such people and tempted, but those mature in the faith ought to trust God's power enough to know that he can and will change the hearts of nonbelievers through our being with them.

    I think Jesus said it best: Doctors are for the sick, not for the well. If we as Christians stay away from those who are sick, how ever will they come to know the redeeming love of Christ? Is not our goal in life, our great commission to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything we have been commanded? How then shall we do this if we, as you say, "move away from such people"? We must be near them to help them.

    Not trying to cause a commotion here.... I'm just hoping that you might realize that the love of Christ is much more powerful and much more contagious than any act of a nonbeliever. :)
  7. Dear Audrey,

    Thanks for the feedback and my apologies for the delay in my response.

    1. The WORD OF GOD commands us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12)
    2. It is not my intention to compel or convert anyone to follow the way I believe and understand
    3. Anyone who desires to understand and follow the way in which I understand and follow, I am here to serve.
    4. As for the others, they are of course completely free to have their own beliefs and understanding, as GOD has clearly said that I will deceive myself if I think if I am something when I am nothing (Galatians 6:3)

    I do agree with your key point that the love of Christ Jesus is more powerful than satan’s kingdom, the lust of our flesh & eyes and the pride of life. When we are born again in the Spirit of God we will begin to grow in faith and love of Christ Jesus that empowers us to become Overcomers ( ie. sinfulness) and powerful soldiers ( ie. fighting the good spiritual fight against spiritual forces not human beings). This continued growth in the Spirit of God will change us ( ie. being perfected) to become Christ-like (ie. sons of God). As you know, this is an on-going process and a journey with Jesus Christ and learning to walk in the Spirit and Truth of Our Almighty God.

    There are a couple of points needing some clarity and it is always safe to depend on God’s Word for understanding:

    1. Refer to "doctor for the sick". The scripture reads as:
    Mark 2:16-18 - 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

    What I understand from this scripture is that yes, whilst Jesus was on earth he ate and drank with sinners, which of course all disciples are required to do. But Jesus also said that He came to call sinners to repentance. From the Gospel, it is clear that Jesus was not sitting and eating with the same sinners everyday. He was going out and meeting new sinners.

    Matthew 10:14 (NKJV) - 14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.

    I believe this is saying that when we give them the words of Jesus, which is calling sinners to repent, and if they do not want to listen, you have to go to others - You are not shunning these people who refuse to listen, you are humbly withdrawing and going to others. Bible verses will not contradict each other. Therefore, this verse will support the other verse, ie bad company (1 Corinthians 15:33) flee from all semblance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

    All scriptures put together, clearly show, it is not being with the same sinners, who continue to reject JESUS, who is calling for their repentance.

    I have personally suffered the consequences of continuing to be with the same sinners, and I too fell into the same sin, of what they were doing finally, and suffered the consequences of the sin. I suffered severe anguish and sorrow for sinning until JESUS CHRIST set me free again.

    Now, I find that as I meet more sinners and tell them, a few want to follow and others reject, and I move on. When I am led in the spirit that I have ministered long enough and they are still not accepting it (it can be even over a period of months) when I am finally led to let it go, I let it go and continue ministering to others, and by GOD's mercy I have love in my heart for them. After all I remember that I too was a sinner until JESUS opened my eyes and gave me peace.

    There are also sinners who are committing serious sins, and if I minister to them and they refuse to listen I move away immediately because they want to continue in their sin.
    Example, sexual immorality - in such cases I just move on straight away after having known that they actually want to continue in that sin.

    Those I 'left' (it does not mean that I shun them, it’s just that I am not regularly with them), they do come back from time to time to get counsel or even seeking prayers, because they know that I am attending to the calling that JESUS CHRIST, i.e. to spread the Good News to others and they themselves have said that they see peace in me and that my life is continuously changing for the better. I always answer them that it is because of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth.

    Having said that, the Bible commands us to first seek the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) which is righteousness, peace and joy (Romans 14:17) Therefore the spreading of the gospel is after I myself am in righteousness, peace and joy and to keep in my mind that my salvation has to be addressed.

    If being with some people regularly is robbing my righteousness, peace and joy, then I have to leave for my own sake, because the Scripture states to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12); Concurrently, I must keep in mind that it is for me not to follow the Word legalistically but as led by the Spirit of GOD.

    Note: I have decided to use the Amplified version to try and get a ‘fuller’ meaning.

    2. Catching sins from non believers

    Of course no one can catch another's sin but you can be under severe temptation from that group of people who want you to do what they are doing and this may include sexual misconduct, drunkenness, drugs, even violence.

    God’s Word says:

    a. Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character. – 1 Corinthian 15:33
    Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). – Philippians 2:12
    c. Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22
    d. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. – Romans 12:2
    e. If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. – John 15:19
    f. You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16

    When we read and meditate on the above Scriptures, God’s Word will guide us to a powerful, peaceful, joyful and abundant life.

    1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us evil company corrupts good character and there is no differentiation between mature or new born Christians. God’s Word is perfect and therefore irrespective of our maturity, this corruption WILL happen.

    God’s Word also commands us to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth and all mankind and to be the salt and light in the world.

    To protect oneself, one must certainly flee from such people.

    The serious danger is if one does not flee from such people, who are exhibiting such conduct, and if you fall into those sins, it may be impossible to escape from them. Hebrews 6:4-6, For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. This scripture may very well be warning us.

    3. ‘Hangout’ – What do we mean and understand by this word?
    The common understanding is to ‘regularly be in the company and association of a group or groups of people’. This action would contradict God’s commandment as shown above.

    Hanging out regularly with a same group of worldly people will begin to corrupt you and your soul. The evil spirits, bad language and worldliness that accompany worldly people will begin to affect you and your soul. This is dangerous for you and contrary to God’s Commandment.

    When we look at Jesus Christ and His Disciples as an example, the only group Jesus and His Disciples regularly ‘hung out’ with was fellow believers and those wanting to do the will of God.

    As for non believers, Jesus and His Disciples would preach, teach and be the salt & light to this group and then they move on - do not regularly hang out with them.

    Therefore it is good and safe to follow the example Jesus Christ has commanded and set for us.

    4. Great Commission

    a. Mark 16:17-18 says, and these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

    Also remember what Mark 16:16 those who do not believe, JESUS is saying they will be condemned. That is why we have to keep on telling more and more people.

    b. Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;

    Yes, I agree that it is our goal in life to go and makes disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything we have been commanded.

    It is also equally important to teach other believers to cast out demons (this can be any evil spirit such as fear, mind controlling demons, confusion, sexual immorality, covetousness, gossiping, murmuring, etc - all these can be cast out in the Name of Jesus Christ), healing the sick, speaking in new tongues etc as we live in a spirit world. Every believer needs to know the power they have in Christ to overcome the demonic forces.

    Summary / Conclusion:
    Romans 8:14 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. If we want to be sons of God, we have to be led in everything that we do as the scriptures says in John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

    May peace of Christ be with you. God bless you!

    Servant of Christ,
  8. And, yet, Jesus the Christ, COMMANDED us to love as completely as God does. And He described that love as God even loves His enemies, He provides for them. So, those you describe could be His enemies. If you shun them, you can not love them. If you do not love them, you are not in Him and He is not in you. Matt 5:43-48, 1 John 4:16-18, referenced and paraphrased here. Serious thoughts for you to reconcile.....
  9. Loving someone does not mean approving of them.
    I love my kids (all 4 of them). But I don't approve of everything they do.
    Other people don't "make" us sin. But they can certainly persuade us to.
  10. Jesus kept company with bad people, even one was a thief who ended up killing him.
  11. 1 Cor 5:9; I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;
    1 Cor 5:10; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.
    1 Cor 5:11; But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.

    2 Tim 3:2; For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
    2 Tim 3:3; unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
    2 Tim 3:4; treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
    2 Tim 3:5; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

    Jesus hung out with prostitutes, tax collectors and sinners sometimes. "Hung out", well I don't think he spent all his time with them.
    He also spent time with the disciples, and spent time in prayer to the Father.
    Jesus also spent time with the Pharisee's. This usually didn't go well for the Pharisee's.

    I think Jesus knows who is trying to change their lives and who isn't. I don't think he spent a lot of time with those who continued to choose sin.
  12. The rules about avoiding bad company really only applies to those claiming to be Christians. That would include JW's, mormons etc.
    Jesus spent enough time in bad company to be accused of being bad himself.
    If we aren't seen to be as sinful as those we keep company with, then perhaps we are not trying hard enough to be like Jesus.

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